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‘Trump ain’t gonna pay my rent’: Federal workers fume as government shutdown extends into Christmas

President Donald Trump’s decision to let the government shut down because Democrats refuse to fund his border wall has federal workers looking into January and beyond, fearing they won’t be able to pay their bills.

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The Rise of the Robots: How Trump and the Republicans betrayed their base voters

Trump’s formula for his unfortunate electoral victory in 2016 relied almost exclusively on persuading rural American voters in the so-called “heartland” that their economic decline was due not to any fault of corporate, late-stage capitalism but to fact that their jobs were being “stolen” by people with darker skin than themselves. By scapegoating Latinos and Hispanics in particular, and by employing familiar Republican stereotypes against African-Americans, Trump succeeded in eking out the election against a polarizing female Democratic candidate by mobilizing rural “working class’” Americans, mostly white and male, to vote for him out of a sense of race-based grievance.

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Here are 8 holiday gifts American workers need

It’s that time of the year—the most wonderful time of the year, the hap-happiest season of all. There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and utility repair workers out in the snow.

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Here are 5 reasons why so many Millennials and Gen-X-ers will have to work until they’re dead

The official unemployment rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), fell to 3.7% in September and remained unchanged in October—which is a major improvement from the unemployment rates of 9% or 10% that President Barack Obama battled during his first few years in office during the Great Recession. President Donald Trump would love to take sole credit for the U.S.’ economic recovery, but truth be told, unemployment was already down to 4.6% when Obama was still in office. And if another recession occurs before November 2020, Trump might become a one-term president. Voters can be quick to punish incumbent presidents when there is bad economic news, as everyone from Herbert Hoover to Jimmy Carter to George H.W. Bush found out.

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Will newly elected Democrats finally stand up for workers' rights -  or cave to corporate interests?

In his victory speech on election night, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb said he would always remember the union members who helped him defeat two Republican incumbents in one year.

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Here's How the Trump Administration Is Bringing Back Child Labor

Continuing on its mission to deregulate worker protections, the Trump administration’s Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has proposed a new rule that would allow 16- and 17-year-old nursing-home workers to operate power-driven patient lifting devices without any adult supervision or assistance, despite evidence that it is dangerous. These devices are used to lift and transfer patients out of their beds or a chair who cannot lift themselves.

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China Grabs 3.4 Million American Jobs

Everything is great, right? Unemployment is the lowest in half a century. The economy is churning out a high GDP. Home values are rising rapidly again. Inflation remains low.

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Why Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 Is a Win for Big Oil - But a Huge Loss for Workers and the Environment

After the U.S., Canada, and Mexico agreed to a new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) late Sunday night, Trump heralded the new deal as “truly historic news for our nation and the world.”

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Here's Who Wins and Who Loses from Changes to NAFTA

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NAFTA is out but the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) is in.

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This Is Why the Kavanaugh Nomination Matters - And His Confirmation Is Not Guaranteed

As America's families send their children back to school, the U.S. Senate has begun its contentious hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are several important cases waiting on the Court’s docket this fall, and whoever replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy will have tremendous power to impact our everyday lives at home, at work and in school for generations to come.

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Here Are 10 Ways Workers Are Truly Screwed in the Trump Era

Labor Day has been a national holiday in the U.S. since 1894. Many struggles for workers’ rights that have occurred since then, from the labor movement and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s/early 1940s to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. And history not only teaches us that gains in economic justice are incremental—it is also demonstrates that gains can easily be lost when workers aren’t vigilant about protecting them. The Donald Trump era has been a painful reminder of that fact: from Social Security and Medicare cutbacks to anti-union right-to-work laws to an increasingly far-right Supreme Court, the Trump administration and the Republicans who control both houses of Congress are determined to obliterate what’s left of FDR’s New Deal and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.

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